The story behind your coffee….

There is always hidden story…delve a little deeper and you will find that your flat white has been carefully crafted. There is a quite unbelievable network of process’s, structures and hard-work gone into getting your much loved coffee to the table it is sitting on…

I am always amazed and intrigued in the coffee’s we regularly get in the shop. We change them each week so I read up and always love the stories behind the different farms and families that produce the beans that fuel my business. This week I thought I would share a little but of info on our Guest coffee, remember, we should never forget where our coffee has come from and why it exists…

Ponto Alegre has been farmed by the Sousa family for over a century. The family has been focusing on coffee since 1960 and the farm is currently managed by the fourth generation of Sousas – Mabel, her husband Leandro and her two brothers, Renato and Eduardo.!

The farm extends over a total of 419.4 hectares, 270 of which are planted out with coffee of the Mundo Novo and Catuaí varietals.
The farm employs 60 permanent workers, with 25 families living on site in houses equipped with clean drinking water, electricity and modern bathroom facilities. During peak harvest months Ponto Alegre takes on over 200 workers. All of the farm’s employees are registered in accordance with Brazil’s employment laws. They also have access to the farm’s medical clinic, dentistry clinic and crèche, as well as free transport for their older children to attend school in the local town of Cabo Verde.!
Ponto Alegre is equipped with a state of the art wet mill, including 19,000 square metres of patio for sun-drying their coffees as well as covered drying beds.

The waste water from the wet mill is treated for at least 18 months using a sophisticated complex of filter beds and lagoons before being returned to the natural environment in order to prevent any pollution of local water courses. Some 120 hectares of the farm are also set aside as natural reserve providing habitat for a wide range of flora and fauna.

We are always looking to get our coffee from a place that sustains the future of coffee.

This is the first time we have had a blended process single origin coffee and we are really impressed. Come in a try a cup, I promise you wont be disappointed, and if you want to learn a bit more about the different process’s then just ask, Matt is always happy to chat with you about things.

And remember guys…given enough coffee, you could rule the world!